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Weekly Market Commentary August 20, 2018

News of trade talks between the U.S. and China helped support a rally in U.S. stocks last week. The talks are scheduled for next week, and officials say the two nations hope to sign a compromise by November. Read more

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August Monthly Newsletter: 4 Financial Lessons Your New College Student Needs to Hear from You (and 2 Important Items for Parents)

As summer comes to a close, many parents and teenagers are packing up the station wagon (or hybrid crossover) for a trip that, for at least one passenger, is one way. You’re ready for this. You’ve done the shopping trips, you’ve packed the boxes, you’ve even shed a few tears. Now it’s time to send your child(ren) off to college. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary August 13, 2018

Concerns over declines in the Turkish currency and the risk of a trade dispute between the U.S. and Turkey pushed stocks lower last week. Turkey and the U.S. are sparring over the jailing of a U.S. pastor by Turkey. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary August 6, 2018

U.S. stocks rallied, while global markets lagged. The S&P 500 rose 0.8%. Global stocks slipped as the MSCI ACWI fell 0.2%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.1%. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary July 30, 2018

Strong U.S. economic growth made additional interest rate hikes likely. The likelihood of additional hikes and weak earnings from a couple key technology companies was not enough to overcome positive news earlier in the week on trade between the Europe Union and U.S. Discussions are moving forward to rescind the announced metal tariffs and reduce tariffs on industrial goods. The S&P 500 rose 0.6% for the week. Global stocks, as measured by the MSCI ACWI, climbed 0.9% higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.2%.

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5 Reasons It’s Important to Set Financial Goals

Published by Rob Furlong, Portfolio Manager

The alarm sounded promptly at 1a.m. Shortly after some rustling and grumbling the tent zippers opened and we stepped out into the frigid air. After a quick breakfast, we began heading uphill into the darkness. For the next eight hours life was little more than listening to the ice crunch with each step as we ascended over 5,000 feet into the thinning air. Shortly after 9a.m. we were at 14,200 feet-on top of one of the highest peaks in the Cascade mountain range. Read more


Our Mid-Year 2018 Economic Update

By Scott Ford, CEO of GAAM Wealth Advisors

 Here’s one thing we know for sure about the economy – it’s not boring! The first half of 2018 kept us on our toes with a fair share of highs and lows, market volatility, trade uncertainty, and record unemployment numbers. Despite some dramatic market moments, most individual Americans believe things are looking up. So instead of looking at the daily headlines, here’s a view of our economy from 30,0000 feet as we reach the mid-year mark of 2018. Read more


What I Wish I Knew About Money When I Was Younger

By Scott Ford, CEO of GAAM Wealth Advisors

My life’s mission has been to help entrepreneurs and business owners find balance and fulfillment in their lives. When I first started my career, I never would have expected that my training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu would share a number of commonalities with running a business, and that it would actually help guide business decisions. Through my training, I’ve discovered some money lessons that I wish I had known when I was younger. Read more


If I Could Only Teach One Financial Lesson

By Scott Ford, CEO of GAAMWealth Advisors

After several decades spent working in the financial services industry, I’ve seen a lot of investment fads come and go. The media gets excited about new ideas and strategies that never seem to stand the test of time. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary July 23, 2018

The stock market had a rather boring week. The S&P 500 stayed in a tight range throughout the week and finished basically unchanged. Global stocks performed a little better as the MSCI ACWI inched 0.1% higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3%. Read more